Foto omschrijving: Infographic about population growth, 1998-2024.

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The Netherlands in Numbers answers questions about the Netherlands’ past and present in 34 infographics. This web publication is modelled after the booklet with the same title, and delves deeper into each question by means of texts and charts.

Facts about the Netherlands

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has a myriad of data on the country. This publication displays a tiny selection of that in a short and sweet way. Infographics provide answers to 34 different questions and are complemented by short texts, charts and maps. Those seeking more detail will find additional figures under the links.

Almost 125 years

CBS was established in 1899 and will be 125 years old in 2024. Annual figures and yearbooks have been compiled for quite some time. The oldest series is the Statistical Yearbook of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Empire in Europe, dated 1898. The first Statistical Pocket Yearbook was issued in 1924. It was mainly designed to provide policymakers with statistics about the Netherlands. Its successor, the Statistical Yearbook, served the same purpose.

Due to the advent of the internet, a book containing just figures was no longer relevant. The books became thinner and were made easier to read. Short texts accompanying the figures became part of the content. In 2014, the yearbook was given a new title, ‘Trends in the Netherlands’. As of 2020, it is titled ‘The Netherlands in numbers’ and comprises only infographics, each carrying the answer to a question. The explanatory texts can be found in the web publication. Again this year, a few image graphics from the past have been added. Even in the last century, beautiful data visualisations were being made at CBS.

More information

The CBS website presents news items with up-to-date figures almost daily. It also has dossiers and dashboards on the economy and society, and of course more information about CBS as an organisation. All the figures can be found on StatLine. For more infographics and for animations and videos, follow CBS on social media.

We hope you enjoy this fourth edition of The Netherlands in numbers!


This web publication was developed by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in cooperation with Textcetera The Hague.
If you have a question or comment about this publication, please contact us.

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More information (in Dutch only):

Explanation of symbols

Explanation of symbols

Empty cell figure not applicable
. figure is unknown, insufficiently reliable or confidential
* provisional figure
** revised provisional figure
(between two numbers) inclusive
0 (0.0) less than half of unit concerned
2016–2017 2016 to 2017 inclusive
2016/2017 average for the years 2016 up to and including 2017
2016/’17 crop year, financial year, school year etc., beginning in 2016 and ending in 2017
2004/’05–2016/’17 crop year etc. 2004/’05 up to and including 2016/’17

Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond to the sum of the separate figures.

About CBS

CBS responds to developments in Dutch society by providing statistical information as facts that matter, and communicates on these facts with the outside world. In doing so, CBS offers insights into current developments in society and helps answer policy questions. Research at CBS is focused on broad trends in society and how these are interrelated.

CBS has offices in The Hague, Heerlen and Bonaire with altogether approximately 2,000 staff. A society-oriented working attitude is essential to CBS. CBS provides figures which are relevant to society. Every year, CBS publishes around 600 statistical studies. Virtually every day, CBS data and figures are communicated to the outside world via news releases, video messages and through social media. This results in some 50,000 articles per year in daily newspapers and on news sites.

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Concept & image editor

Irene van Kuik, Janneke Hendriks, Richard Jollie

With thanks to Hendrik Zuidhoek


Annelie Hakkenes (final editing)

Elma Wobma (general project leader)

Erik van den Berg

Gert Jan Wijma

Karolien van Wijk

Michel van Kooten

Paul de Winden

Saskia Stavenuiter

Sidney Vergouw


Gabriëlle de Vet, Lieneke Hoeksma, Frans Dinnissen


Ronald van der Bie

We thank all CBS colleagues who have contributed to this edition.